Sister Joan Marie, 101

Sister Joan Marie Waters, a member of the Roman Catholic order Daughters of Charity who had been a librarian at the old Seton High School, died Jan. 11 at her order's retirement residence in Emmitsburg. She was 101.

Dorothy Marie Waters was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, and moved Baltimore with her family when she was 21.


She entered the Daughters of Charity in 1929 and was given the name Sister Joan Marie. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at the old St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, where she later taught history. She earned a second undergraduate degree in library science and a master's in history from Catholic University of America.

She taught at St. Martin's Academy in West Baltimore and was on the faculty of Seton High School in Charles Village, where she taught and was librarian.


After holding posts in other cities, Sister Joan Marie returned to Emmitsburg and became archivist and librarian at Villa St. Michael, her order's retirement home. She retired in 1994.

She was a member of the American Library Association, Catholic Library Association, Maryland State Library Association and Educational Media Association of Maryland.

A funeral Mass was offered Monday in Emmitsburg.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.